July 29, 2015 - 1:12 pm - Posted in News

deer_sxcHospers, Iowa – A Hospers woman’s vehicle was damaged in an accident on Tuesday, July 28th north of Hospers.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that at about 11:34 am, Crystal Gloden of Hospers was driving a 2003 Chevrolet Impala northbound on Highway 60, three miles north of Hospers. According to the report, Gloden struck a deer in the roadway.

The Impala received $1500 damage.

No injuries were reported.

July 27, 2015 - 11:21 am - Posted in News

Hull, Iowa — A Hull teen was taken to a hospital after his moped struck a pile of rock left in the street.

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The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that they investigated the accident on Friday morning, July 24. Upon further investigation, they believe the accident happened on Thursday, July 23, at about 10:15 PM.

They say 14-year-old Gavin Dykstra of Hull was driving a 1989 Honda moped eastbound on First Street when he struck a portion of a pile of landscape rock that had been placed on the street by a resident.

Dykstra was transported by private vehicle to the Sioux Center Health hospital.

The Honda sustained approximately $100 in damages.

July 27, 2015 - 10:43 am - Posted in News

Sioux Center PD Charger Door Logo OnlySioux Center, Iowa — A Sioux Center man hit a mailbox in Sioux Center on Tuesday, July 21st.

The Sioux Center Police Department reports that at about 10:00 pm, 41-year-old Gustavo Ramirez-Hernandez of Sioux Center was driving a 1999 GMC Sierra eastbound on 20th Street Southeast. According to the report, he lost control and struck a mailbox, then left the scene of the accident. A witness observed Ramirez-Hernandez leaving the scene, and called police. Police located Ramirez-Hernandez at 14th Street South Main Avenue. He initially denied hitting the mailbox, but later admitted to it when police advised there was a witness. Ramirez-Hernandez stated he wasn’t sure how he hit the mailbox.

The GMC received $1500 damage; the mailbox received $200 damage.

No injuries were reported.

July 27, 2015 - 9:44 am - Posted in News

sioux county sheriff emblemSioux Center, Iowa — A Minnesota man rolled his vehicle on Thursday, July 23rd near Sioux Center.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office reports that at about 2:25 pm, 69-year-old George Gusler of Lake Benton, Minnesota was driving a 1999 F-350, that was pulling a flatbed trailer loaded with hay bales, southbound on Elmwood Avenue, five miles west of Sioux Center. According to the report, Gusler approached the stop sign at 390th Street, was not able to stop, abruptly turned right on 390th Street, entered the east ditch and rolled.

The Ford received $5000 damage.

No injuries were reported.

July 24, 2015 - 5:14 pm - Posted in News

Rock Valley, Iowa — The City of Rock Valley and the Rock Valley Economic Development Corporation are announcing a groundbreaking ceremony for a new multi-Family Housing Development next Wednesday at noon. Rock Valley Development Director David Miller says it’ll be called “East Meadows,” and will be marketable to developers who want to build apartment buildings.
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He says Rock Valley has experienced sustained success in its business and industry growth as well as numerous expansions, which has led to a shortage in available workforce over the years. Rock Valley’s unemployment rate is substantially low at only 3.2% as of June 2014.

One of the goals of this project is to attract families to Rock Valley to live and work, he says. The new multi-family development is expected to meet the high demand for rental properties in Rock Valley and Sioux County.

Miller says the Rock Valley Economic Development Corporation or RVEDC is glad they could work with the City of Rock Valley and come up with a solution in this time of growth.

He says East Meadows Multi-Family Development Phase 1 will consist of 18 multi-family lots and is expected to be marketable to apartment developers in October 2015. The City of Rock Valley and RVEDC expect to see apartment construction begin prior to the end of the year.

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July 24, 2015 - 12:53 pm - Posted in News

Sioux Center, Iowa — Free training to be a certified nurse aide is available in northwest Iowa. And there’s a meeting coming up where you can learn more. Plus, if English is not your first language, they’ve got a program made just for you.

Sioux Center Health has partnered with Northwest Iowa Community College to offer free Certified Nurse Aide (CNA) training and a conditional employment offer with Sioux Center Health. The informational meeting will be held on Tuesday, July 28 at 7:00 PM  at Royale Meadows in Sioux Center.
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Students will have the opportunity to complete a combination of pre-CNA classes taught by an English Language Learner instructor (as needed) and CNA classes taught by a certified CNA instructor. The pre-CNA class is an option for students needing extra help with English language medical terminology, and involves 25 hours of classroom instruction. Northwest Iowa Community College Enrollment Management Advisor Norma Azpeitia tells us more.

The CNA classes are designed to prepare students to better understand the knowledge and skills needed to care for residents in long-term care facilities. This course involves 75 hours of training including 30 hours of classroom instruction, 15 hours lab training and 30 hours of clinical experience.
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Upon successful completion of the training, eligible students will be working at Sioux Center Health’s long-term care facility, Royale Meadows. Azpeitia says they may also be offered employment elsewhere in the Sioux Center Health system.

Azpeitia says that even if students don’t end up working for Sioux Center Health, there are probably other ways that they can get the training free of charge, and NCC will work with the students to help make that possible.

She tells us about the meeting coming up on Tuesday.

She says they’re happy they can offer this new opportunity to people seeking a job in the health care industry.

For more information about Sioux Center Health, you can visit www.siouxcenterhealth.org.

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July 23, 2015 - 12:22 pm - Posted in News

heat advisorySHELDON, IA — HEAT ADVISORY  IN EFFECT FROM 2 PM TO 7 PM CDT FRIDAY* WEATHER CONDITIONS…TEMPERATURES FRIDAY AFTERNOON ARE EXPECTEDTO CLIMB INTO THE 90S. THESE TEMPERATURES COMBINED WITH DEW POINTS IN THE 70S WILL PRODUCE HEAT INDICES FROM 100 TO 105 FRIDAY AFTERNOON INTO FRIDAY EVENING.PRECAUTIONARY/PREPAREDNESS ACTIONS…A HEAT ADVISORY MEANS THAT A PERIOD OF HOT TEMPERATURES IS EXPECTED. TAKE EXTRA PRECAUTIONS…IF YOU WORK OR SPEND TIMEOUTSIDE. WHEN POSSIBLE…RESCHEDULE STRENUOUS ACTIVITIES TO EARLY MORNING OR EVENING. KNOW THE SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF HEATEXHAUSTION AND HEAT STROKE. WEAR LIGHT WEIGHT AND LOOSE FITTING CLOTHING WHEN POSSIBLE AND DRINK PLENTY OF WATER. CHECK UP ON RELATIVES AND NEIGHBORS…AND DO NOT LEAVE CHILDREN OR PETS UNATTENDED IN VEHICLES.

TO REDUCE RISK DURING OUTDOOR WORK…THE OCCUPATIONAL SAFETY AND HEALTH ADMINISTRATION RECOMMENDS SCHEDULING FREQUENT REST BREAKS IN SHADED OR AIR CONDITIONED ENVIRONMENTS. ANYONE OVERCOME BY HEAT SHOULD BE MOVED TO A COOL AND SHADED LOCATION. HEAT STROKE IS AN EMERGENCY…CALL 9 1 1.

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July 22, 2015 - 5:46 pm - Posted in News

Sioux Center, Iowa — A northwest Iowa city’s police department has decided to switch things up and pull over good drivers, as well as the bad.
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Sioux Center Police Chief Paul Adkins says instead of a ticket, the good drivers get free ice cream.

Adkins says they had done a similar program years ago and at the suggestion of another officer, Adkins thought it might be a good time to bring it back.

Adkins says he’s only heard one second hand complaint about the program, and that person was concerned about probable cause.

So if you’re in Sioux Center and you see those familiar red and blue lights in your rear view mirror, it may mean some free ice cream instead of a traffic ticket.

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July 22, 2015 - 5:44 pm - Posted in News
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Orange City, Iowa — The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office says there may be asphalt paving scams occurring again in the area.

The Sheriff’s Office advises that these traveling asphalt paving crews usually offer a low-priced opportunity to repair or pave your residential or business driveway. They say they’ll normally tell you that they just finished another job and have leftover asphalt and they’ll offer to apply it to your driveway for a low price. In some recent cases, sealant for driveways is applied without asking for permission. Sometimes only patchy, small amounts were applied and caused the overall finish to look mismatched and discolored, according to the Sheriff’s Office.

They say the quality of the material used and the manner it is applied is also often of poor quality. These companies sometimes say that they will apply the asphalt three to four inches thick, when in actuality the finished application is just two inches or less. By the time you notice the problems the company that completed the work is long gone.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office says there are three things to look for if you deal with these companies:

  • No contract offered: Always make certain there is a written contract. Without a written contract, the original low estimate you were given may grow into hundreds of dollars or even thousands after the work is finished.
  • They will push you to make a quick decision: Reputable contractors will provide a written estimate that will be valid for weeks or even months. Good contractors leave the decision to you without pressure.
  • Unmarked trucks: Suspicious trucks usually will not have business markings or names on them or will have an out of town address and phone number displayed.

The Sheriff’s Office says you should ask for references and do a check on them before agreeing to have any work started. Get a written estimate and tell them you will get back to them. Making sure that you first get bids from other local paving companies before granting them permission to start is also a good way to compare prices.

They say the best advice is to know who you are doing business with. In many cases, you are safer dealing with a contractor who has local ties to the community.

The Sheriff’s Office also advises that if you are in doubt, don’t agree to any services. If these companies pressure you or begin work without your permission, don’t wait; contact your law enforcement agency immediately.

July 21, 2015 - 4:20 pm - Posted in News

Orange City, Iowa — Someone is stealing road signs, and the Sioux County Sheriff’s Office is asking for the public’s help to try to catch those responsible.
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Recently, the sheriff’s office says they have investigated multiple reports of vandalism and theft of road signs. They say the crimes occurred mainly along gravel roads in areas south of Orange City.

Upon further investigation, deputies believe the perpetrator or perpetrators are using a reciprocating saw or similar sawing mechanism to cut down the poles to which the signs are mounted. The signs are then stolen from their locations.

The Sioux County Sheriff’s Office urges rural farm residents to report suspicious activity or vehicles in this area.

If you wish to remain anonymous you may use the Text‐a‐Tip program. Directions can be found at siouxcountysheriff.com.